Alright the season is coming, only a couple months away now for early season. What goes in the 'ideal' elk day pack. I'll start with mine.
1.TP. Theres a reason why its first on the list:)
2.Emergency stuff. First aid kit, waterproof matches, emrgency blanket, water tablets.
3.2 knives with at least a 4 inch blade and sharpener.
4.Bone saw, probably buy a Wyoming Game saw this year.
5.Game bags, enough for 4 quarters plus 1 or 2 extra just in case.
6.Pepper to keep the bugs off the meat.
7.Lunch, plenty of water(2 liters), and extra candybars for energy.
8.Extra shells. I carry 20 when rifle hunting.
9.Compass, might buy a GPS this year too.
10.Leatherman for crude repairs to equipment.
11.Hand sanitizer and plastic gloves.
12.Binocs and sometimes a rangfinder.
13.Orange tape to find my way back to a downed animal. (always take the tape of when you're done)
Thats all I can think of at the moment. What do you view as the ideal elk pack? Feel free to add or substitue items on my list.